Photo: Pablo Escobar
A documentary with new versions of the death of Medellin drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar Gaviria, which questions the official account, premieres Sunday in Latin America on the Infinito TV channel, the studio in Colombia announced.
“Who Killed Pablo Escobar?” will debut this Sunday evening and is a “journalistic production with a high content of investigation,” the Turner Broadcasting System’s Infinito TV channel said in a communique.
The documentary was produced by Argentine journalist Pablo Galfre, the author of several investigative reports on drug trafficking and corruption in Latin America.
The production, made exclusively for Latin America and based on a series of interviews, testimonials and reconstruction of past events, poses the possibility that the capo was slain by Los Pepes, the acronymic name of a group that called itself the “Persiguidos por Pablo Escobar” (Pursued by Pablo Escobar), financed by the rival Cali cartel.
In the early 1990s, Los Pepes unleashed a bloody war against the Medellin cartel that left a trail of corpses from the ranks of the capo, including some of his lawyers and most dangerous hit-men.
Escobar, one of Colombia’s bloodiest criminals, died 20 years ago on Dec. 2, 1993, in an operation by the Bloque de Busqueda (Search Bloc), an elite unit of the Colombian police and army created to get the drug lord dead or alive.
The capo, responsible for some 5,000 murders of judges, magistrates, journalists, police, politicians and many others, was located by the Bloque de Busqueda at a house in Medellin and was gunned down on the rooftop as he tried to escape.
Twenty years after his death, the drug trafficker who sowed terror in his country in the 1980s and ‘90s continues to inspire television series, books and films.